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The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival (MRRWF) is geared up for another inspiring, intriguing and thought-provoking 3-day event, featuring writer, contrarian, activist and feminist, Professor Germaine Greer as its headliner. To be held from 03-05 May 2019 on the picturesque grounds of Voyager Estate, the festival will see Professor Greer speak about her life and career, as well as her latest book On Rape, and her environmental work.

Michael Leunig calendar portrait - MRRWF 2019
Leunig – Calendar

The festival’s line up of literary talent also includes Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet Michael Leunig, who will appear in events on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, to share his love of cartooning and human observation.

South-East Asia Correspondent, James Massola, who was on the ground at the miraculous 2018 rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand, will share his story as told in The Great Cave Rescue. He will be joined by journalist turned novelist, Chris Hammer, for what’s expected to be a sell-out breakfast event called Foreign Correspondent to be held in the Voyager Estate restaurant on Sunday morning. On Saturday night, festival guests have the chance to enjoy an evening with one of Australia’s most popular writers and actors, William McInnes.

Award-winning astrophysicist, presenter of ABC television’s ‘Stargazing Live’ and author of When Galaxies Collide, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith will also join the line up for a session that will ensure you’ll never look up at the night sky in the same way again.

Dr Gregory Peel Smith will speak about his remarkable memoir Out of the Forest which follows his journey from living in near total-isolation in the forest, foraging for food and eating bats, to his life today where he has a PhD and teaches at university.

Featuring literary icons Kim Scott, Anna Funder, Liz Byrski and Amanda Curtin, as well as a range of other established and emerging writers, the festival is a must for anyone who loves reading, cultural events, current affairs and of course, Margaret River.

Festival Creative Director Tanya Perdue said the 2019 festival program explored wild, weird and wonderful stories in keeping with this year’s theme. “With writers from overseas and across Australia, including top WA and local talents, this year’s program is sure to spark curiosity and ignite debate,” she said. “With the festival at the gorgeous Voyager Estate, a top line up, and a range of ticket and accommodation packages ready to go, you can organise a memorable weekend away in no time.”

Tickets to the 2019 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will be available for purchase online from 10am on Monday 25 February by phone 08 9758 7316, or from the Arts Margaret River Box Office, Margaret River Community Centre, Tunbridge Street, Margaret River.

The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival as part of its Regional Events Program.

Michael Leunig - Credit Sam Cooper-MRRWF

James Massola - MRRWF

Chris Hammer Credit Alex Ellinghausen-MRRWF

William McInnes Credit Tessa Ross-MRRWF

Lisa Harvey-Smith - MRRWF

Anna Funder - MRRWF



MRRW Pre-Festival Event ~ Cinema ~ March 23 @ 7:00 pm


Adventure / Drama / Family ‧ 1h39m
A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale. ‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
Cast: Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little

**** ‘Simply unforgettable! With its themes of nurturing, love and survival, this beautiful film is one you must not miss.’ – Louise Keller / Urban Cinefile

Watch trailer.

Adults-$15, AHM-$12, Youth-$8.
Doors open 6:30pm. Movie starts @ 7pm.
Book ONLINE or from the box office half an hour before the screening.

Margaret River HEART Studio
51 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River
(Entry from Gloucester Park)



Arts Margaret River is set to present another compelling Readers & Writers Festival in 2019 with a new team onboard to deliver an outstanding program of literary brain food.

Tanya Perdue, who directed the festival in 2017 and part of 2018, is back on board and will this time take on the role of Creative Director, while local talent Michelle Wright will take on the role of Event Manager. The duo are thrilled to be taking the reins for the 2019 event and are excited to work with the broader Arts Margaret River team to deliver an inspiring and engaging festival.

General Manager Andrew Frith said having both Tanya and Michelle as part of the team would allow greater capacity for the sharing of ideas and overall improvement of the event which is going from strength to strength and growing each year. “Arts Margaret River is now very well-placed to deliver a festival that’s even better than the last one,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to next year’s festival, as well as our year-round events too of course,” he said.

Mr Frith said the 2017 and 2018 festivals had an overwhelmingly popular response to inspiring programs which featured the likes of Michael Palin, Kerry O’Brien, Clementine Ford, Robert Drewe, Stephanie Alexander, Geraldine Brooks, Dr Karl and many more.

Michelle Wright & Tanya Perdue

While no hints have yet been given about which writers we can expect to see next year, the dates and venue have now been set. “The 2019 event will be held from 03-05 May and for the second-year running will be held on the grounds of Voyager Estate while the Cultural Centre is completed,” Mr Frith said.

“The Arts Margaret River team look forward to bringing you one of our best festivals yet – stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will soon be announcing the 2019 theme and we aim to bring you a number of fabulous out-of-season events with engaging authors in the lead up to the main festival,” he said.

For more information on the Margaret Readers & Writers Festival visit www.mrrwfestival.com or to find out about other Arts Margaret River events visit www.artsmargaretriver.com

Main image: Kaye Campbel, Janine Carter, Michelle Wright, Tanya Perdue, Stephanie Kreutzer, Daniela Tommasi, Phil Bebb and Andrew Frith (photo credit Daniela Tommasi Photography).